Botox Isn’t Just About Facelifts?

We’ve all heard of Botox, the neurotoxic protein derived from bacteria that helps celebrities look young forever. But Allergan, Inc., the global pharmaceutical company that owns Botox is out to brand the company for more than just aesthetics.

Today Allergan announced a new loyalty reward program that will “help” the company contribute “up to a total of $500,000 to foundations that help children across the country”. While 500k from a company like Alergan is not much, it will help a good cause. And Frankly my dear, Botox, has a wide variety of uses that impact health.

Botox injections can be an effective treatment for migraines, But the way Botox prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from axon endings at the neuromuscular junction, means the treatment can potentially help a number of neurological conditions. This is why it makes a degree of since for Allergan to pledge support for “children and their caregivers seeking advancement in pediatric neurological care”

The entire pledge, while not much does allow people who would have otherwise gone to a random Botox provider to help children with very real conditions. From the press release:

“Many people are familiar with the uses for BOTOX® Cosmetic, however most are not familiar with all the therapeutic uses of BOTOX®, particularly for children suffering with upper limb spasticity. Through the Be the Difference program, consumers who get treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic will support Foundations that help children,” 

Read more at Biospace

More AI Coming To Healthcare

Writing for Psychology Today James Lake gave an overview of advances in AI that will impact how mental health care is practiced in clinical settings. He says the result positive, with more individualized treatment and a mix of conventional and evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities.

The key points are that AI will allow medical professionals to, Quickly extract useful information from medical data sets that were previously difficult to access due to time restrictions. To reliably access up-to-date information on a wide range of Western medical and CAM modalities. And with AI tools receive a guide in identifying optimal treatment protocols, for many common mental health problems.

We are seeing AI use in many life saving ways, RiskCardio may help with the diagnosis and treatment of heart confessions. When it comes to radiology we have no shortage of new AI tech. VIDA Diagnostics will be avalable to help more doctors and radiologist help more patients diagnose lung disease and the FDA cleared tech to quickly spot collapsed lungs.

In psychology we’ve seen a huge push by Amen Clinics to use brain imaging. Raising the question, when will we combine brain imaging and AI to help with mental health treatment.

Playing Hide And Seek With AI And Privacy

An AI Learns To Play Hide And Seek, Humans Learn to Seek Bots, And Google Is Recording Us Again

OpenAI released their new project on September 17th. It’s an AI that played over 500 million games of hide and seek. It learned to develop complex strategies and use tools. It even found flaws in the environment the programs created.

The researchers built an environment with various objects inside a limited virtual space. The characters were incentivized to hide or seek, and to explore. The video below explains.

Humans are doing some cool things with AI, but we are still not always able to spot even rudimentary bots online. Tools like Botometer help with labeling Twitter users as a human or bot, but people are still bad at that task. A task made harder becasue many people, look like bots, or want to be anonymous.

Some fake accounts are run by real people to prop up numbers of shares, or follows. They can be more malicious and be used for stock pump and dumps, or just phishing schemes. Other times people just want a little privacy.

Privacy is something Google claims they have as a focus. So they changed Google Assistant, voice recording review. So that they will still be reviewed by humans, but now users will have to optin. From the linked post:

The company says they will now only store the audio of consumers who opt in to a “Voice & Audio Activity” option when setting up Google Assistant. Google says they are also being more transparent about the collection. In the past the setting didn’t make it clear recordings would be accessible by humans. Google is updating their user interface, and is asking existing users to reconfirm that they agree to human audio reviews.

AI may save your life one day. But it could also be the death of us all. I’m not an expert, but we should consider improving our ability to be more human before we start down the road of creating a new creature, with a mind we don’t understand, who could have access to everything any of us say in the presents of our phones.

AI May Soon Save Your Life

Researchers at MIT have developed an AI called RiskCardio. They say the AI is able to estimate a patient’s risk of cardiovascular death after a 15-minute ECG reading. Scientists trained the AI with data from past patient outcomes.

If a patient survived, their heartbeats are call normal; if a patient died, their activity was dubbed high risk. RiskCardio judges risk from a sample consecutive heartbeats. When data is captured within 15 minutes of a cardiac event, the AI can determine whether or not someone will die within 30 days. The full story here.

But that’s not the only big AI in health care news I found. The FDA cleared an AI-powered mobile X-ray device. The AI can prioritize critical cases for a collapsed lung and prioritizes the human review of the X-Ray. Sometimes, right now it can take up to eight hours for a human to review even an x-ray marked urgent.

The hope is AI will offer automated quality checks and hopefully detect errors in the way the x-ray is taken before it is sent to radiologists. Full story here.

Oh and Google will help Mayo Clinic build a digital strategy. Part of that strategic roadmap is setting up to use, AI tools for medical research of complex diseases.

“Health care is one of the most important fields that technology will help transform over the next decade, and it’s a major area of investment for Google,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a statement. Full story here

I mean it when I say AI, may soon save your life.

Stories by Internet News Flash – ZDNet & Star Tribune

Tom DeLonge Of Blink-182 leaked UFO Videos Say The U.S. Navy

We don’t live in reality. Time is fractured and Chris Evans needs to put the infinity stones back. After Tom DeLonge from Blink-182 became the frontman of Stars Academy of Arts and Science we knew that reality was a little off, but now the U.S. Navy is demanding answers after videos the department confirmed are real were leaked by Delonge. 

“The Navy considers the phenomena contained/depicted in these videos as unidentified,” an official spokesperson for Naval Operations for Information Warfare reportedly told the Black Vault

The first video was released originally by the New York Times in 2017 reporting on the Pentagon’s mysterious UFO program. Some Navy pilots recorded video of an oblong object seemingly floating with their off the coast of San Diego in 2004.  

The second video called “Gimbal” was caught on camera on Jan. 21, 2015, the date came out as a result of The Black Vaults’ request for information. This video also shows U.S. Navy pilots trying to figure out what they are seeing. 

The third video by To the Stars Academy called “GoFast” was also recorded on Jan. 21, 2015, prompting some to think it’s the same object as seen in the Gimbal video.

If you hope to get your mitts on official government reports of UFO sightings, don’t hold your breath. The Navy told Vice News, the reports would be considered classified information, and “no release of information to the general public is expected.” 

We live in strange times.

Scientists Have A Plan To Build A Lift To The Moon

It’s not exactly a “Stairway to Heaven,” yet researchers have thought of what gives off an impression of being a possible way to manufacture a lift to the Moon. Or then again, more precisely, a Spaceline from the Moon to the Earth.

In a paper published in late August✎ EditSign, astrophysicists Zephyr Penoyre and Emily Sandson of the University of Cambridge and Columbia University separately, portray a technique for the development of a 322,000 kilometer-long (200,000 miles) link secured to the Moon and dangled crosswise over space into the Earth’s gravitational field.

Before we get into how, we should talk about why we’d need to fabricate a lift to the Moon. The most effortless answer is that it’s amazingly practical. As indicated by a report from Observer, lead creator on the examination Penoyre said the expense of development could be evaluated as being “inside the impulse of one especially persuaded very rich person.”

Full story The Next Web

Water Vapor Detected In Atmosphere Of The Planet K2-18b

Researchers have detected water vapor in the air of K2-18b, a conceivably habitable alien world about double the size of Earth. The findings, announcement made today (Sept. 11), follows released different study published yesterday declaring the revelation of water vapor, and likely clouds and even rain, on the planet.

The far away planet (it’s around 110 light-years away) was found in 2015 by NASA’s Kepler space telescope. The alien world is around two times the size of Earth and eight times the mass. K2-18b circles a red small star in the “habitable zone” — the distances where liquid water could be stable on a surface of the planet.

Researchers from the study today published in the the journal Nature Astronomy utilized information from Hubble Space Telescope in 2016 and 2017. That info was gathered by the group behind yesterday’s study. This allowed the determination that the world has water vapor in its environment. K2-18b is so far the littlest exoplanet that water vapor has been found on.

Learn more from Tech Genyz

U.S. Air Force Holds Space Wargame, I Hope They Invited George Lucas

On September 4th at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, the Air Force Space Command started a wargame scenario set in the year 2029. Around 350 experts from at least 27 agencies are part of this wargame. Says

The scenario for the Space wargame is intended to address threats across diverse, operating environments. It’s intended to challenge civilian and military leaders. My deep hope is that George Lucas is one of the civilians involved in the wargames.

I say that the Air Force needs Lucas, because the news I’ve read this week, includes a recent story in The Atlantic about U.S. military testing of artificial intelligence able to autonomously select targets on a battlefield and a man in China who cloned his cat.

Those stories, individually, make me think of a line from the book The Indian in the Cupboard — “you should not do magic you do not understand” — But together, these stories paint a picture of humanity as solidly on track to create a real life reenactment of Lucas’ Star Wars prequels. My species is inching closer to a time when a clone army will fight a droid army. And I want the U.S. air force to be prepared.

This is the 13th Schriever Wargame held by The United States Air Force Space Command. The Schriever Wargame 2018 lasted two weeks, and did not involve the star wars creator. I hope very much that they haven’t made that mistake this time, because the threats the human race is building, are a variety only he is qualified to imagine.

Google Launches And Open-Sources Machine Learning

Google open-sources NLS (Neural Structured Learning), a machine learning framework to train neural networks with structured data and graphs.

Open-source software means the source code is released under a license where the rights holder grants anyone the right to study, change, and distribute the software. This is huge! Potentially letting more people play in the machine learning arena.

Being open-source isn’t the only reason this is a big deal. AI models often process are unstructured like images, video, and audio. But structured file types are useful for machine learning projects to train AI’s in pattern recognition. This could possibly be applied to medical data like MRI or X-ray.

NSL also let’s non developers play with AI, machine learning. As the framework requires very little code, in some cases only five lines to get something running.

This framework also let’s people create “adversarial examples: files that have manipulated pixels, that can corrupt an AI’s processing. Letting users build machine learning models that could fight off possible attacks.

It may be that AI, like this will lead to better human experience and longer lives thanks to medical advancement, or this could be the first step toward training a T-1000, but this time without Dutch around to save us all.

H/T Internet News Flash

European Space Agency Satellite Swerved Avoiding A Collision With SpaceX

Three months after Elon Musk’s SpaceX Corp. sent its first set of satellites into orbit, other operators are already veering to keep their own spacecraft out of harm’s way.

The European Space Agency tweeted that it moved it’s Earth observation satellite Aeolus to avoid a possible crash with one of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites. The Musk-backed company launched its first 60 satellites in May, getting a running start on the company of the other billionaire funding space exploration, Jeff Bezos.

For the first time ever, ESA has performed a ‘collision avoidance manoeuvre’ to protect one of its satellites from colliding with a ‘mega constellation’#SpaceTraffic— ESA Operations (@esaoperations) September 2, 2019

The ESA said this is the first time it’s performed a maneuver to avoid a collision and protect its satellites, but they believe this will become so common that using a manual process will be impossible. The agency said in a tweet they are preparing artificial intelligence to automate avoidance maneuvers.

H/T Bloomberg